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Tiffany, Orrin Edward.


Biographical Statement

Orrin E. Tiffany was born March 27, 1868 to DeWitt and Lidia Parker Tiffany and grew up in Havana, Minnesota. In 1897 he married Grace English. After the death of his wife in 1922, Dr. Tiffany married Kathrine Bellanger MacDonald in 1925.

Dr. Tiffany came to Wheaton College in 1929 as Chairman of the Department of History and Social Sciences, and until his retirement in 1945 was Professor of American and Recent World History. Among his students and faculty colleagues he was well known for his interest in world affairs; former graduates of the department frequently wrote to him for his views on international developments.

Tiffany earned his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan, and was among the first recipients for the Phi Beta Kappa honor shortly after it was offered. In 1945, Seattle Pacific College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Before coming to Wheaton College, Dr. Tiffany held professorships and administrative posts at Greenville, Western Maryland, Seattle Pacific, and Whitworth College. In 1945 he attended the United Nations Conference on international organization in San Francisco.

His most important contribution to scholarly writing was The Relations of the United States to the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-1838, published by the Buffalo Historical Society, and considered by recent historians as still "the most detailed study" and "the most satisfactory treatment of the subject."

Tiffany died February 2, 1950. The Tiffany Memorial Lectures were established in 1952 at Wheaton College in honor of the late Dr. Orrin Edward Tiffany.

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collection staff

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Collection 075 Oral History Interviews with Elizabeth Warner

Identifier: CN 075
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Elizabeth Howard Warner (1912-2000) in which she describes her childhood in the Canton Province of China as a daughter of missionaries, Canton Christian College where her father worked, studies and personalities at Wheaton College, her mission work among girls with Door of Hope Mission in Canton and Hong Kong, Chinese education, economic and social conditions, religion (particularly Buddhism), politics and government, the impact of China's war with Japan, and...
Dates: Created: 1978

Orrin Tiffany Papers

Identifier: SC-094
Scope and Contents

The collection contain general biographical information on Dr. Tiffany, including information regarding his activity at Greenville College, Seattle Pacific College, Whitworth College, and Wheaton College. There are materials related to his book, Canadian Rebellion, and a series devoted to the Tiffany Memorial Lectures at Wheaton College. The materials relating to the Tiffany Lectures comprise the bulk of the collection.

Dates: Created: 1931-1980; Other: Majority of material found in 1953-1980

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Biographies. 1
Buddhists -- China. 1
Buddhists. 1
Children of missionaries -- China. 1
Children of missionaries. 1